Snow Pony, Collective Espresso

Snow Pony
95 Whitehorse Road
Balwyn
Vic 3103
+61 3 9816 8911
Snow Pony on Urbanspoon

IMG_4556

Having been in Melbourne for close to 9 years and going home only once a year, I try my best to find time to take friends and relatives out when they visit. Grand Aunt V visited sometime in June, so one Sunday after work I zoomed down Warrigal Road to pick her up from Balwyn. I must remember to take a different route next time; the traffic on Warrigal Road is a nightmare.

IMG_4559IMG_4554
Croissant with Bonne Maman jam $5.50

We made it to Snow Pony around 2.30pm, just in time before the kitchen was about to close. The café is run by the same people behind Porgie and Mr. Jones and is tucked away on a quiet nook of Whitehorse Road, very inconspicuous bar a giant white horse on the roof. While it lacks the bright pizzaz that the new sprouting cafes all seem to have, its dark walls provide a cozy intimate ambience.

IMG_4558
Toasted piadini: organic lamb + pinenut meatball, tomato sugo, mozzarella, spinach $9.90

I was tempted to order my favourite cheesy herb bread but decided against it. It was time to try something new. A quesadilla of lamb meatballs and tomato sugo sounded appealing and I do find it hard to go past meatballs. It was pretty good. There was a good amount of cheese and wilted spinach and the meatballs were little delicate spheres of tasty lamb. Grand Aunt V is a huge fan of the pastries in Melbourne and ordered a croissant. What better way to enjoy the buttery flaky pastry but to slather on even more butter?

IMG_4557
(Top) Cappucino
(Bottom) Piccolo latte

Grand Aunt V couldn’t fault her cappuccino, which uses Allpress beans. I had the single origin piccolo latte, which was sourced from Papua New Guinea AX. It was slightly fruity and had a nice body to it.

Snow Pony may be a bit of a hike from home but it’s warm and inviting and will always come to mind if I find myself journeying out eastwards.

Collective Espresso
3 Cookson Street
Camberwell
Vic 3124
+61 3 9882 8995
Collective Espresso on Urbanspoon

IMG_4157

Not too far East is Collective Espresso, conveniently located near Camberwell train station. It was one of my last few “Tuesday brunches with Fakebooo” when we visited. There were a handful of cafes around this area that he had yet to patronize and I nominated Collective Espresso from his narrowed down list of 3.

IMG_4160
Piccolo latte $3.70

Collective Espresso uses 5 Senses “Compton Road” coffee beans. I had a piccolo latte, which was dark and chocolatey. Fakebooo went with filtered coffee, and had the single origin Rwanda Kinunu. It came with a series of described tasting notes but I failed to pick up any of them. I can only describe it as “savoury oolong”.

IMG_4162IMG_4177
Filtered single origin (Rwanda Kinunu) $5

As you probably know by now, Fakebooo and I always get up to nonsensical idiocy when we get together. While it mostly involves the consumption of food, it can also be related to food styling  placements. We move cutlery, water glasses, paper articles and other objects around in order to get the best lighting, angle and capture. Since I do my snapping on my iPhone, I’m done pretty quickly and am not fussed about it. Fakebooo is quite particular with his DSLR so I do my loving fake girlfriend part of holding dishes, pouring liquids and waiting. And that’s what we did, perched on the little stools at the corner window of Collective Espresso, giggling like morons as we played merry-go-round with the table items.

IMG_4167
Collective sigh of relief – Scrambled or poached eggs, native spinach, three types of mushrooms, smoky tomato, chutney, kaiser bacon, croquette,  toast $22

Fakebooo’s big breakfast dish was aptly named. It had all the important elements of breakfast and was deliciously fulfilling. Fakebooo especially loved the wobbly eggs and thick-cut fatty bacon. My emu burger was from the lunch menu. The 2 of us almost whooped out a laudatory “Yay” when we were given the go-ahead to order from it. It was still 10.30 in the morning after all! The burger was amazing. The emu patty was well cooked and surprisingly lacked any gaminess, while the pickled cabbage and salty melted cheese balanced out each other. For the quality and deliciousness, the price of it was almost dumbfounding.

IMG_4170
Emu burger, pickled cabbage, cheddar in a brioche roll $12

Collective Espresso is a great little place. The burger brings back memorable food moments and I can’t wait to return to have it again.

Advertisements

11 Comments

Filed under Balwyn, Brunch, Burgers, Camberwell, Coffee

11 responses to “Snow Pony, Collective Espresso

  1. These two lovely places are my most recommended coffee and brunch spots in my ‘hood!

  2. Wait… did you rearrange the plating of the big breakfast, too? Because me juvenile mind is laughing hysterically from over here.

  3. You know babe, I seriously just come to your blog on the weekends when we don’t know where to go for brunching..I’ve bookmarked so many places cause of you!

  4. Omgosh! Didn’t know that Collective espresso did an emu burger! Want to try!!

    Snow pony is one of my old favourites 🙂

  5. I’d try anything that’s been described as ‘savoury oolong’ haha!

    I like the look of the Collective Sigh of Relief, can’t go wrong with bacon and croquettes. I’ve only had emu once and it was in sausage form. I didn’t quite like it but perhaps this emu burger will make me change my mind about emu!

  6. Pingback: Scarvelli Cafe | thehangrybitch

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s